Saturday, March 22, 2008

We bought a house!!!!

When Juli and I moved here to Ohio we told ourselves that we only wanted to rent for a year and then start looking for a house to buy. Well, soon after we moved here, we started looking online at houses and drove around some areas to see what was for sale. We can't believe how fast the time has flown by since we got here!

For probably the last few months we have gone with our friends, Tony and Nicky on some Saturdays to walk through and look at some houses. I work with Tony and they both have their Real Estate licenses so that helped us a lot. I think that in total we went to look at around 25 houses. Then last weekend we had 5 houses lined up to look at. The first one we went to though, was IT! As soon as we walked in the front door we immediately knew this was the house for us. It has everything that we want and nothing we don't. Plus it is only 10 years old. It is perfect!

We still went and looked a 3 of the other houses we had scheduled, but none of them compared to the first one. We decided to put in an offer so we met up with Tony later at his office and filled out and signed the official offer letter. He said that we should hear something back within a few days. Well, the very next day, he called back to say that they had countered our offer, but it was very reasonable so we accepted it! We can't believe it! We are actually going to be home owners now after all these years of renting!

We met up this morning at 9:00 am for the home inspection. We followed "Tom" around for about 2 1/2 hours and he went over the house with a fine tooth comb and after all his checking, the ONLY thing that he could find wrong that needed to be fixed was a small leak on the water connector on one of the toilets. That's it. He said that everything was very well constructed and the builder definitely didn't cut any corners when it was built. He found nothing but the best materials and electrical throughout the whole house. We were definitely glad to hear that.

We have our closing set for May 1st and should be able to take possession about 10 days later. Needless to say, we are both VERY excited about it. We still can't believe that it's really happening. ;-)

Here's a few pictures and also a video of a walkthrough of the house. If you would like to see all the pictures, click here to view them as a slideshow.

View from the street of the front of the house

The kitchen

The living room

Part of the basement. It's like a bowling alley down there!

View of part of the back of the house and deck